A Skin Care Expert Explains Why You Must Pay Attention To Your Posture
Face yoga, like its body counterpart, is fundamentally about connecting with and taking control of your body and face. The facial practice is about getting in touch with your own skin, bones, alignment, and muscles—and helping them work in balance and harmony. Sure, it's a practice that can help you look younger and more symmetrical, but ultimately it's just about developing a better relationship with the skin you are in.
"When I turned 30, I started buying expensive creams and started getting facials. And I felt almost like I was giving up my power over my own skin care, and I had to have somebody to do something for me. I didn't like the feeling—and wanted to take the control back," says skin care expert Fumiko Takatsu, founder of the Face Yoga Method. Eventually she would go on to found her own practice of face yoga, which became very popular. She's been featured in publications and media outlets around the world.
And in today's Clean Beauty School, we learn all about her story, developing her modality, and what she does for herself. We also talked a lot about posture, which is something that's pretty consistently on my mind (ahem, I'm hunched over a laptop all day every day). Here, what she had to say.
Why this skin care specialist cares so much about posture.
Posture is such a vital part of our overall health—skin and face included. "Posture starts from the bottom of it," she says. "So I would say, always, you have to check your posture." The alignment of your toes and heels works its way up, and that's how it shows on your face, she notes.
Now of course asymmetry on your body and face is normal—we all have it, it makes us beautiful, and nothing short of extensive plastic surgery will make us symmetrical even if we wanted to be—however, what she's talking about here is asymmetry that's caused by imbalances.
This is true especially as we age. "As we age our posture gets worse because we start losing muscle mass," she says. This loss changes everything from how we stand to how we move—as we have to compensate for that muscle loss in other ways. This shows up in the face in a few ways. The first is just general alignment issues. But she also notes that she sees it in the jaw, too. "As we lose core muscles, our shoulders come up, and our jaw moves forward," she says, noting this can account for puffiness and less definition.
The solution? Good old-fashioned core workouts. Yes, having a strong core can affect how your face ages. "And that's why I think it's so important for us to do body and core exercise, even when we get older, because when you have a good posture, it affects your face," she says. "That's why I love yoga so much because every day, when I exercise, I can feel my alignment, I can feel my fascia, and I have a passionate conversation with my body."
For more information on posture, facial symmetry—and a few face yoga exercises you can do right at your desk—check out our episode. And if you want to learn more about bodywork and the face, read all about it in our wellness trends.
Alexandra Engler is the Beauty Director at mindbodygreen. She received her journalism degree from Marquette University, graduating first in the department. She has worked at many top publications and brands including Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, SELF, and Cosmopolitan; her byline has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Allure.com. In her current role, she covers all the latest trends and updates in the clean and natural beauty space, as well as travel, financial wellness, and parenting. She has reported on the intricacies of product formulations, the diversification of the beauty industry, and and in-depth look on how to treat acne from the inside, out (after a decade-long struggle with the skin condition herself). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.